FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies will be playing their final two games of the NWJHL season this weekend.The Huskies are currently sitting in 3rd place in the standings, but with two wins, the team could clinch 2nd place before the playoffs, earning them a bye to the second round. They currently sit three points behind the North Peace Navigators, and just one point ahead of the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks.The Huskies will be playing the Navs in their first game this weekend, which is also Minor Hockey Night. Kids wearing a minor hockey jersey get in for free.- Advertisement -The puck drops at the North Peace Arena on Saturday night at 8:00 p.m., and again on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.
The subject of many of my talks, as well as a chapter in the upcoming green building textbook I am co-authoring is the concept of “Green From the Start.”I realize this isn’t all that original, but it is critically important and is always worth repeating, at least until everyone understands and actually does it – then I suppose we can all shut up and go home.Getting green certification begins with looking at the checklist and planning a design strategy. Sure, you can go the hard route and aim for full credits on every item on the checklist, but for those just trying to dip their toe in the green building pool, this isn’t practical.Instead, pick up as many points as you can by doing the easy stuff. While this isn’t technically cheating, it will feel like it because many of these things are things that quality builders do already.In (roughly) the order that they appear on the LEED checklist, here are 22 simple things you can do to get up to _70 points_ on your project. RELATED ARTICLES Green Rating Systems for Home BuildingGBA Encyclopedia: LEED for HomesWhy Is the U.S. Green Building Council So Out of Touch?It’s 2012 — Do You Know Where Your LEED for Homes Is?New Urbanist Andres Duany Lashes Out at LEEDGreen Building Programs Got Some ’Splainin’ to Do LEED-H Clarifications Raise More Questions Than They AnswerEqual-Opportunity Feather Ruffling 1. Build a smaller home/call everything a bedroom. Keeping your house below the neutral score for homes of 1900 SF with three bedrooms will lower the total number of points you need. If your house is big, make sure you have lots of rooms that can be classified as bedrooms to offset the point penalty for larger homes. A bedroom is classified as any room that can be used for sleeping that meets fire and building code requirements. Who needs hallways when you can have more bedrooms?2. Build near transit, stores, schools, etc. Considering that transportation energy is almost always more than site energy, this one gets some real-world results. Points for infill projects , homes built on previously developed land, built near existing water and sewer service and near open space all gain points. Up to 10 points are available for location credits.3. Use less wood. Building with advanced framing techniques is not hard, saves money, makes buildings more efficient, and provides points. Just do it and grab up to 3 points.4. Build a duplex. High density development is tough to do for custom single family homes, but easy for multifamily projects . Build on a 1/7 acre (or smaller) lot and get 2 points. Twenty or more units per acre gets you 4 points.5. Model your building. Get your rater to do an energy model (HERS Rating) on your project early in the process and play around with different options to make it more efficient. You may find that putting a little more insulation and a smaller HVAC system is cheaper and will get you more points. While it’s tough to approach the 0 HERS score that gets you 34 points, a HERS 70 is not that tough and gets you either 9.5 or 13 points, depending on your climate zone.6. Leave out the fireplace — get 2 points. No one really needs one anyway, do they?7. Leave the garage out back. Build a detached garage , add a breezeway if your clients are afraid of getting wet, and get 3 points.8. Get your LEED AP Homes designation, or have someone on your team get their LEED AP Homes designation (regular AP designations don’t qualify) and pick up one easy point.9. Use your Green Rater. You have to put together the durability management checklist anyway, and if you have your rater independently verify it you get 3 points. This may take a little extra work coordinating schedules and providing some photo-documentation, but it gets you a lot of points for the effort.10. Don’t poison bugs. Design and build to keep those pesky termites at bay without poisoning your clients, get up to 2 points.11. Be stingy with outside water use. If you’re putting in irrigation , you get up to 3 points for including some simple water efficiency measures.12. Be stingy with interior water use. Install one efficient showerhead (just one!) per stall, high efficiency toilets and lavatories (all of them) and get 6 points. Doh!13. Insulate the hot water pipes — get a point.14. Use green products and materials. Tracking Environmentally Preferred Products is kind of an administrative nightmare, but you can pick up as many as 8 points for things like finger-jointed studs, fly ash in concrete, PEX pipe, locally sourced products (within 500 miles), no carpet, and low-VOC paints.15. Recycle. If there are companies that recycle construction waste in your area, hire them. You’ll probably save money and pick up as many as 3 points.16. Three words: Automatic Bath Fans. Install timers, motion sensors, or buy fans with auto off or humidistat controls for your bathrooms and pick up a point.17. Upgrade the HVAC filters. You have to put in a minimum of MERV 8 HVAC filters , so why not upgrade to a 10 or 13 and pick up 1 or 2 more points for not much cost or effort.18. Take off your shoes. Install a bench and shelves for shoe storage at the main entry, add one point.19. Make vacuuming easy. Install a central vacuum system, get another point.20. Air out the house for at least 48 hours before occupancy. It’s a good idea and an easy point.21. Vent the soil gasses . If you’re not in a radon risk zone, it’s still a good idea to put in a soil gas vent system and you get to take a point for not much effort.22. Brag about your green-ness. Put up a LEED for Homes sign, stick a few pages on your website about LEED, get an article published, hold four open houses. Pick three and you get a point. These are all good marketing practices and will help you get more business.OK, class, I think I’ve given you enough for you to digest for today. Your assignment is, based on what you just learned, to look at a recent project you either certified, or thought about certifying, and note where you missed some easy points. Now you know how to pick up those points on the next project. Next time we will discuss the really tough credits to get, the secret credits, prerequisites, and how to handle your documentation.*No, that title wasn’t my idea. It was my damned editor’s. But I got paid, and you read the article, right?
MOST READ Brazil’s soccer player Neymar touches his left knee during a practice session at the Granja Comary training center ahead of the Copa America tournament, in Teresopolis, Brazil, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)Neymar had to cut short his first full training session with Brazil ahead of the Copa America after the striker appeared to feel pain in his left knee.The 27-year-old Neymar left the field in the Granja Comary training ground outside Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday alongside doctor Rodrigo Lasmar. Brazil’s football confederation said Neymar had felt “discomfort” in his knee and was being evaluated by the medical staff.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Brazil fights Amazon fires after hundreds more flare up02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss 1, not done: Naomi Osaka avoids French Open upset; Halep wins, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport It was another setback for Brazil’s biggest star, who has only played four matches with Paris Saint-Germain since he returned from a broken metatarsal in his right foot on April 27.That was the same injury that slowed his runs and dribbles at last year’s World Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsBrazil fitness coach Fabio Mahseredjian had said before the training session that Neymar should be fully recovered after a pair of friendlies against Qatar and Honduras in early June.But on Tuesday, which marked Brazil’s first full training since players started gathering for the South American championship, Neymar had to leave and appeared to be in pain after taking a shot near the end of the session. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cafu, a former Brazil captain who led the team to the World Cup title in 2002, said Neymar was not showing enough respect for the armband.“Being captain is a big responsibility,” Cafu said. “It is more than being the team’s star.”Adoration at home has also suffered because of political reasons.Neymar recently showed support for far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, who has made a series of racist, misogynistic and anti-gay statements.Weeks later, as Neymar prepared for his return after the injury, Brazilian media reported his father had met Bolsonaro and Economy Minister Paulo Guedes to discuss the player’s tax problems.The Copa America will mark Neymar’s fourth tournament played at home. He won the 2013 Confederations Cup and the gold medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, but his team was eliminated in the semifinals of the 2014 World Cup. Neymar was injured and didn’t play in the 7-1 loss to Germans.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess The Copa America starts on June 14 with host Brazil facing Bolivia in the opening match at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo. Venezuela and Peru are also in the same group.Brazil’s coaching staff was also optimistic about Neymar’s recovery for the World Cup in Russia, but the striker instead made news for his splashy dives rather than his once frequent dashing performances.Neymar is also heading into the Copa America, a tournament Brazil hasn’t won since 2007, with a disciplinary problem.Besides being been banned for three matches in France after an altercation with a fan following the French Cup final, Neymar also publicly criticized some of his teammates — a move that Brazil coach Tite doesn’t like.In response, Neymar has been replaced as captain by veteran defender Dani Alves. The Brazilian soccer confederation said Tite made the decision on Saturday after a one-on-one conversation with Neymar.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP
Italy’s non-playing captain Corrado Barazzutti on Monday predicted a tough match against India, insisting that the hosts were not underdogs despite having lower-ranked players compared to his team. India and Italy face-off in the Davis Cup World Group Qualifiers from February 1.World No.18 Marco Cecchinato will lead Italy’s challenge, while they have two others inside top-60. India’s top-ranked Prajnesh Gunneswaran on the other hand is world number 102.”In Davis Cup, the ranking is only important for the draws on who plays first and who plays second. But everything changes once you step on the court. No one are underdogs I think. It will be a tough match,” Barazzutti told reporters after their first practice session on grass courts of the Calcutta South Club.On head-to-head count, Italy lead India 4-1. India won the last time they played in Kolkata, in 1985.India opted to host formidable Italy on grass on February 1 and 2 on grass courts, considering that the visitors have tough hard and clay court players.The winner of the tie will qualify for the inaugural World Group Finals in Madrid in November this year.”They are playing at home and on grass. We have to be focused and play with utmost respect. It’s always very difficult to play when you play for your country. It’s important for us for sure.”They are a good side. They are good players. We have to show bigger respect to this team, these players because they are very good,” Barazzutti who was part of the Davis Cup winning Italian team in 1976, said.advertisementCecchinato who defeated Novak Djokovic en route the French Open semifinals last year, has only played one Davis Cup rubber and it was on clay as no one in the Italy squad has played the Davis Cup on grass.”It’s grass. What I can say. That is the court. And we have to play on this court, we have nothing to complain. We were just practising to play as better as possible.””You know the schedule. Only some players played on grass before the Wimbledon last year. There’s maybe one tournament after the Wimbledon. Nobody plays a lot on the grass. Even the Indians don’t play I think. Not only us,” he said.The five-member team got used to the lush green South Club courts sweating it out for close to two hours.Also Watch:
Thereâ€™s plenty of exciting stories to come out of our Australian team announcement for the 2016 Trans Tasman Series. Join us as we look through the teams, pointing out some honourable mentions for the upcoming series. Menâ€™s Open The Australian Menâ€™s Open team sees 10 players return from the successful 2015 World Cup team, as well as 2015 World Cup Mixed Open champions Scott Bundy and Daniel Barton. Shaun Francis will wear the green and gold for the first time, while Jordan Marshall-King, Jayden Love and Lachlan Pierce have all transitioned through the Youth program into the Menâ€™s Open team, with Marshall-King playing in the 2011 and 2013 Youth Trans Tasman Series events (20â€™s Boys), Love in the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series (20â€™s Boys) and Pierce in the 2013 Youth Trans Tasman Series (18â€™s Boys). Pierce, the 2015 Elite Eight Player of the Final and Player of the Series, follows in his late fatherâ€™s footsteps by being selected in the Australian Menâ€™s Open team. Craig Pierce represented Australia on 37 occasions, including three World Cups, and was inducted into the TFA Hall of Fame in 2003. Lachlan joins Peter Norman and Daniel Barton in the current team as players whose fathers have also represented Australia in the Menâ€™s Open division.Womenâ€™s Open Nine players return to the Australian Womenâ€™s Open team from last yearâ€™s World Cup winning side, as well as Yasmin Meakes, who has moved into the Womenâ€™s team after two years in the Mixed program. The side welcomes Hayley Maddick for the first time in Australian colours in her international debut. Sisters being selected in the Australian Womenâ€™s Open team has been a regular occurrence over the past decade, with the likes of the Juddâ€™s, Winchesterâ€™s, Hopkinâ€™s and now the Davisâ€™ sisters, Danni and Shellie. After captaining the Australian 18â€™s Girls team in 2015, Shellie joins Danni in the Womenâ€™s Open side for the 2016 series, with Danni heading into her third campaign in the Australian Womenâ€™s Open team. Four players from the Australian 18â€™s Girls team have transitioned into the Womenâ€™s Open side for the 2016 Trans Tasman Series â€“ Shellie Davis, Tayla Clifford, Mia Johnstone and Emma Sykes. Thereâ€™s plenty of youth in this Australian team, with three 18-year-olds (Shellie Davis, Tayla Clifford and Hannah Dyball) as well as two 17-year-olds (Mia Johnstone and Emma Sykes). Mixed Open Like the Womenâ€™s Open team, nine players from the 2015 World Cup winning side return to the Mixed Open team for the 2016 Trans Tasman Series. The six debutants in the team have all progressed through to the Openâ€™s divisions from the Youth program in recent years â€“ James Blackwood (2015 Australian 20â€™s Boys), Ciaran Toner (2013 Australian 18â€™s Boys and 2015 Australian 20â€™s Boys), Adam Pryde (2011 Australian 18â€™s Boys and 2013 Australian 20â€™s Boys), Paige Parker and Katherine Stevens (2015 Australian 20â€™s Girls) and Zara Nicholas (2015 Australian 18â€™s Girls). Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information in the lead up to the 2016 Trans Tasman Series:Website â€“ www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook â€“ www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter â€“ www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (Be sure to use the #transtasman2016 hashtag)Instagram â€“ www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia YouTube â€“ www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus Related LinksAussie Team Announcement
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Benitez raps Man Utd: No excuses for top 4 failureby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafael Benitez says Manchester United have no excuses if they fail to finish in the top four.United travel to St James’ Park to face Benitez’s Newcastle on Wednesday.”It’s a team that has to be easily in the top four, that is very clear,” said the Newcastle boss.”They can compete against Manchester City, Liverpool, anyone. We are talking about one of the biggest clubs in the world in terms of everything.”The players they have, they are so good that if you want to win or get points against them you have to perform really well.”When you are a top side like Manchester United, spending millions every year, you have to be in the top four and you have to win the title.”For them, that’s the pressure. Not just now, they had it before, and for sure they will feel the pressure in a few weeks when they will be there fighting with Tottenham, Chelsea, City, Liverpool and Arsenal.”